Avian Management, Biology and Conservation

Hosted by Oglebay Resort
Wheeling, WV
February 12-17, 2018 

Registration for this course is now open!

Avian Management, Biology and Conservation will enhance your effectiveness as a bird keeper and avian program leader.  A major goal of the class is to teach critical thinking techniques that lead to informed decisions regarding the future of avian collections. Students will be given a variety of tools, techniques and best practices to provide a foundation for understanding and meeting current challenges in avian management.

Course Objectives

After completion of the Avian Management, Biology and Conservation Course, students will:

  • Train potential avian managers how to create a successful program that addresses both the care standards for avian species and the development of conservation programs
  • Provide processes and techniques to manage bird collections on a broader scale than one species or taxa
  • Provide a common base of knowledge to the next generation of managers in an efficient way
  • Provide a mechanism to educate managers on avian welfare
  • Provide a wealth of knowledge and resources to small institutions who may not have the expertise required to effectively manage a diverse collection

Instructors

Joe Barkowski, Vice President of Animal Conservation & Science, Tulsa Zoo
Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds, Houston Zoo
Bruce Bohmke, Chief Operations Officer, Woodland Park Zoo
Ann Tieber, Zoological Manager - Bird Department, St. Louis Zoo 
Scott Newland, Curator of Birds, Sedgwick County Zoo
Cindy Pinger, Curator of Birds, Birmingham Zoo

Is This Course Right for You?

This course is targeted toward bird keepers, keepers who need to gain experience with bird husbandry, and professional managers at zoos, aquariums, nature centers, aviaries, wildlife agencies and related organizations who are interested in management of an avian collection or program. Facilities with a single broad taxonomic animal manager will benefit from the techniques and processes provided in the course.

Prerequisites

None. Priority will be given to AZA members. Those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis;  please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course to azatraining@aza.org for consideration.

Course Schedule  

First Day
 - Student registration
 - Opening evening ceremony
 - Courses meet for individual opening session/class

Mid-Week
- Classes meet all day

Last Day
- Classes meet
- Closing Ceremony

Attendance is required for course participants for the duration of the course until the evening of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.  

Course Travel & Registration

Travel & Accommodations

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.

Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site. All lodging reservations are priced per person at a package rate. Your accommodations will include all: breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks throughout the entirety of your stay. 

General Package Pricing*:
~$1100 Standard Double Room Package
~$1330 Standard Single Room Package
~$1200 Premium Double Room Package
~$1440 Premium Single Room Package
~$1105 Cottage Package 
*Package pricing rates are all-inclusive and are subject to change 

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted. 

Tuition & Expenses*

The AZA registration fee below only covers tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals which are included at a package rate with lodging accommodations. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page. Registration prices are subject to change. 
Scholarship funding for courses is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September. 

Early Bird Rates:
$875 for AZA Individual Members
$975 for Non-members
Registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date

Regular Rates:
$975 for AZA Individual Members
$1075 for Non-members 
Final registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date

Accepted forms of payment for registration are by: credit card, check or purchase order. 

*Prices are subject to change 

Registration Details

To register with a credit card

You may now register and pay online with a credit card! Non-members can log in too, after creating a free account. After logging in, choose "Professional Development" from the menu on the left. Next, click on the title of the event for which you would like to register. Finally, choose "Event Registration" from the options at the top and complete the registration process. When registering online, there is no need to submit the registration form. You will receive an acceptance email or wait list email once acceptance decisions are made. 

To register with a check or purchase order
Download the AVIAN Course Registration Form and return by mail with a check or purchase order. Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices. Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or a wait list email once acceptance decisions are made. If you are not admitted into the course from the waitlist, a full refund will be issued within 45 days following the course event. For more information regarding registration and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page.

Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department.


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